great Christian Streams, blending them into ONE unified Christian experience.
Over the 2000 years of our common Christian history, Christ has released His character into His Body, His Church in the forms of various historical “movements”. These movements or “streams” have been officially recognised by the entire Christian Church as the following:
The great spiritual streams are: - Contemplative
Sacramental & Liturgical
Each stream contains a character of Christ Himself – We, the people of God, have divided Him and no-longer reveal Him as a UNITED Christ to His World that He came to Love and Save. We have divided our Saviour’s image… Convergence is simply experiencing Christ in His fullness by putting His image back together by converging the fragmented Christian expressions and streams.
Converging is simply giving back a complete picture of Jesus to a broken world whom is searching for a complete answer in a divided Church.
Diversity is the basis for true unity and completeness. Without each other’s diversity, we lack completeness. The diverse spiritual traditions actually complement each other, they were never meant to oppose each other. So convergence is not the “cloning” of any expression or denomination, but rather the celebration of what that expression can bring to the common image of Christ… For all that you have of God is what we lack… your gift of diversity was given to you so that you should bring to the Common table what you have and combine it with what we have to present a COMPLETE and UNITED image of Christ to the World!
We live in the generation of UNITY. God is uniting His fragmented characters. He is putting HIS image back together… Apostle Paul asked this very question when dealing with Christian division… “Is Christ divided?” … certainly not! Yet His image on earth is!
It is time for us bearing the image of God to humble ourselves and to embrace God’s will, and submit to His leading as He places the broken pieces together. We may find ourselves in uncomfortable places, with people we would not usually mix with, yet it seems right! God is converging the broken pieces of the human mirror so that we can reflect His complete glory in this generation.
I quote a dying man’s prayer: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory ….”
(Jesus Christ, circa 30AD)
Peace & Good!
Tony Palmer †
Community Minister and Founding Community Member
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